The chief means

“The glory of plants and animals and mountains is to be simply and inarticulately what they are. Human uniqueness derives, by contrast, from what we make – from our capacity to subcreate, to rearrange the good things of the good creation so as to make them even better – or alas, much worse. And speech is the chief means for all human creativity and destruction.” (Ralph C. Wood, The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth, p. 32)

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